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3 Key Elements of a Successful Project

3 Key Elements of a Successful Project
By Tomer Sagi

There are 3 key elements that make a project successful:

  1. The “Done” factor
  2. Repeatable project process
  3. Online collaborative simple tool to support the “Done” factor and the project process

Recently while working on a new project which has the following risks:

  • Timeline is tight and budget is not reflective of effort needed to accomplish the tasks
  • Implementation platform is new to the team

I have taken the approach of gathering requirements using agile methods and defined appropriate User Stories. I then estimated the User Stories with the team and was able to put some effort and budget figures against each User Story. This provided me with a more realistic view of the project overall effort and budget.

I realized very quickly that in order to ensure the project will deliver to its agreed timeline and to keep spending under control we must be able to determine and measure when we start and finish a piece of functionality. Read the Complete Article

The 8 Dimensions of Project Management

The 8 Dimensions of Project Management
By Tomer Sagi

I’ve been thinking about this concept for a while now and decided to put it together in a diagram and see if it works.

I tend to see Project Management go beyond the standard triangle of constraints (Time, Cost, Scope while controlling Quality).

I wanted to include the Needs and Requirements to the mix in addition to the deliverables and value as outputs. Naturally I believe they are all linked together to start, control and complete a project.

I think project management is definitive process with definitive inputs and outputs and in the middle we will need to control certain aspects (dimensions) in order to achieve the desired outputs. Therefore he’s my proposition:

The Project Management Octagon

Figure 1: The Project Management Octagon

Input

I believe the Project’s input is made out of Needs / Wants and Objectives / Requirements.

  • Needs / Wants

    I think there is a distinctive difference between Needs and Wants.

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